The First Dandelion

by Lorenzo Piccoli

Simple and fresh and fair from winter’s close emerging,
as if no artifice of fashion, business, politics, had ever
forth from its sunny nook of shelter’d grass – innocent
the spring’s first dandelion shows its trustful face.

(Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass, 1855; Stefania, Foglie d’erba, 2013)